Vertical Garden Felt
Made from 100% recycled P.E.T. plastic bottles. Our vertical garden felt is available in rolls 180cm wide X 25mts or you can purchase it by the meter. It is not effected by moisture, when the product becomes wet it will not rot and will retain it’s form without sagging or tearing. Ask for a sample or come in and have a look at this amazing felt. Fill that empty wall space with a vertical garden!
Vertical Gardens Now Easier Than Ever Thanks to Felt
Lush plants and vegetables bring a much-needed sense of peace to urban shopping centres, residential balconies, and industrial areas, but there’s not always room for large planted swaths of ground or even small containers. Thanks to the evolution of felt manufacturing, as well as advances in hydroponics, vertical gardens can now add an organic beauty to almost any flat surface.
Gardens Grow Up
The father of modern vertical gardens, Patrick Blanc, was inspired by seeing plants grow up trees in the tropical forests of Malaysia and Thailand. He began to experiment and has since completed stunning vertical gardens that cover the entire faces of buildings in countries around the world.
Urban gardeners don’t have to replicate Blanc’s gardens to scale, however. In fact, small spaces are perfectly suited for vertical installations, thanks to hanging pockets created from felt that don’t rot, sag, or tear. A simple irrigation pump is attached to the felt, allowing the plants’ roots to be nourished by water. And voila! A beautiful vertical garden is created.
One of our favourite examples of taking greenery vertical is this unique installation in Glen Iris, Australia that uses native plants to extend the local grass even further. It uses hanging felt pockets to allow the grasses to climb up the sides of the building, creating a living green wall that’s both lush and highly practical.
Tips for Creating Your Own Vertical Garden
Vertical gardens have exploded in popularity, and there are many options for individuals who would like to create their own in a home or office. One option is to purchase bespoke versions that are already planted. They’re installed for you and sometimes even maintained regularly, however, they tend to cost quite a bit.
You can make your own using containers, though you must carefully consider the sturdiness of the wall that will house the containers. Bigger containers mean larger plants that cost more – and need more water. Smaller containers mean inexpensive plants whose pots can dry out quickly.
Hanging felt pockets are often the simplest, easiest, and least expensive way to get started, especially when your felt pockets comes as part of a kit that includes a water pumping system. Simply hang your pocket, add your favourite plants that are well suited for vertical growing, and you’re ready to enjoy a beautiful work of art!
Vertical gardens can be practical or purely aesthetic, but more often than not, they’re both. We hope the tips we’ve shared will inspire you to create your own installation on your balcony or outdoor space, so you can enjoy all the benefits of beautiful plants.
Written by Sally Writes
How To Design A Safer And More Enjoyable Garden For Older Adults
Gardening is a favorite activity among older adults as growing vegetables and flowers can be rewarding in so many ways. However, there are hidden dangers in the garden that can cause elderly people to fall or get injured. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 28-35% of people aged 65 and older fall each year. This can lead to limb injuries, hip fractures, and traumatic brain injuries, so it’s crucial to take certain safety measures to ensure that our elderly loved ones stay safe while engaging in their favorite hobby. Here are some tips to design a safer garden for older adults.
If your garden gets a lot of sun, it’s important to create shade areas to keep older adults comfortable while gardening. A pergola, an oversized umbrella, or a striped awning are easy to put up and can keep elderly people protected from the harsh rays of the sun. You can also encourage your loved one to garden either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The sun is at its most intense between 10 am and 3 pm, so it may be best to stay indoors during these hours.
Have a proper place for gardening tools
One of the best ways to keep your home and garden safe for older people is to have a proper place for gardening tools. Never leave tools scattered on the ground or lean them against walls or fences as these can be tripping hazards for elderly people. Store and organise tools in the garage or shed, and make sure to clean each one thoroughly to prevent rusting. To make gardening safer for your elderly loved ones, paint the handles of gardening tools such as trowels and pruning shears in bright colours so they’re easy to spot even in dark areas.
Plant fragrant and colourful flowers
As we age, our sense of smell, sight, hearing, and taste diminishes, so it’s a good idea to plant colourful and fragrant blooms to make gardening more enjoyable for older people. For a treat for the eyes, plant vividly-coloured flowers such as fuchsia pink petunias, deep violet dahlias, yellow calla lilies, and red anemones. For a fragrant garden, magnolias, sweet pea, roses, gardenias, freesia, and lilacs can fill the air with intoxicating scents and make gardening more pleasant for your loved one.
After gardening, encourage your elderly loved one to wash up and check for cuts, scratches, and insect bites and see if they need immediate attention. Follow these tips to keep older people safe and happy while they’re in the garden.